African Journal of

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Biotechnol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1684-5315
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJB
  • Start Year: 2002
  • Published Articles: 12235

Short Communication

Inheritance of characters in kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus)

Falusi O.A
Department of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 25 January 2008
  •  Published: 30 April 2008



This investigation was carried out to study the inheritance pattern in intraspecific crosses involving two local varieties of Hibiscus cannabinus L. One variety has pink flowers and resistance to root knot nematode, while the other variety has light yellow flowers but susceptible to root knot nematode. Results show that the inheritance of pink flowers and resistance to root knot nematode was controlled by two independently assorting genes with both dominant alleles ‘P’ and ‘R’ producing plants having pink flowers and resistant to root knot nematode, while their recessive alleles ‘p’ and ‘r’ produced plants having light-yellow flowers and susceptible to root knot nematode, respectively. 
Key words: Hibiscus cannabinus L., intra- specific crosses, root knot nematode.